Office XP and Photoshop 7
With WorldBench 5.0, we run a series of pre-configured scripts that we believe give a well rounded view of system performance. The tests we focus on are Office XP SP2, Photoshop 7, Nero Burning ROM and Windows Media Encoder while multitasking with a Mozilla-based web browser.
Below we have the results from our WorldBench 5 Photoshop 7 and Office XP tests. These results are recorded in seconds to complete all workloads. Lower times indicate better performance here, so the shorter the bar the better.
Though the Core 2 Duo T7600 (Merom) does show a distinct performance advantage here, the results are more in line with the CPU's clock speed advantage over the fastest Core Duo T2600 (Yonah) chip in our test system. The basic Office applications don't exploit the additional resources available in our mobile Core 2 Duo Merom processor.
Our Photoshop 7 test taxes the memory subsystem a bit more and as a result, Merom at 2.33GHz offers roughly a 14% performance advantage over the fastest Yonah chip in our test and it's over 25% faster than the 1.83GHz clocked Core Duo T2400. Mobile Core 2 Duo's performance advantage is impressive here but maybe we could let Merom stretch its legs a bit more in a few encoding tests.